- “ALL ABOUT NATURE” BOOK CLUB: 9 a.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Meet Richard Louv’s to discuss his book, “The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature Deficit Disorder.”
- OPENING OF PIERRE JOSEPH LANDRY: Patriot, Planter, Sculptor: 6 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. NOMA and the Louisiana State Museum will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre Joseph Landry. Museum Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 children ages 7-17.
- SUNSET AT THE LANDING CONCERT: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Columbia Street in Covington. The concert is free and all are encouraged to bring chairs and refreshments.
- AUDUBON ZOO HALLOWEEN EVENT: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Boo at the Zoo is a safe, fun-filled Halloween event for children up to age 12, featuring trick-or-treat houses with candy, a Ghost Train, games with prizes, entertainment and more. All games and treats, except concessions, are included with admission. Tickets are $17 per person (adult or child) plus handling fees if purchased online. To purchase tickets, visit auduboninstitute.org or auduboninstitute.org/boo-at-the-zoo or phone (504) 581-4629.
- HOUSE OF SHOCK: 7:30 p.m.-midnight, 319 Butterworth St., New Orleans. One of the oldest haunted house attractions in New Orleans returns. This season is titled “The Resurrection,” and features three new events, including the Bordello of Freaks. Tickets start at $25. houseofshock.com
- SUMMER OF SECRETS/OSWALD CONFERENCE: 8 a.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel-Airport, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner. The conference will break new ground in unlocking the mysteries of Lee Harvey Oswald’s activities in New Orleans in the summer of 1963 and explore other topics such as David Ferrie, Dr. Mary Sherman, and the Garrison trial, according to organizer Kris Millegan.
- MAJOR LEAGUE GAMING: 8 a.m., Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. A three-day festival featuring hundreds of the worlds best teams and players competing for over $500,000 in front of a crowd of thousands in games ranging from “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” to “Super Smash Bros.” To learn more about the MLG World Finals, go to mlg.tv/finals.
- FESTIVAL OF THE LAKE: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Our Lady of the Lake, 312 Lafitte St., Mandeville. This free festival celebrates family with games, food and entertainment perfect for families, large and small. Tickets for food, games and drink can be purchased in advance or at the festival.
- COVINGTON FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m., Covington City Hall, 609 North Columbia St., Covington. Food demo by Lola Deux and music by Tom Marron.
- FREE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION OF COTON JAUNE — ACADIAN BROWN COTTON: A Cajun Love Story: 9:30 a.m.-noon, THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. A film documenting the history, tradition and artistry of hand-spun and handwoven Acadian cotton blankets and the Cajun women who made them.
- SIXTH ANNUAL ROCKIN’ WITH THE NOLA STARS: 6 p.m., New Orleans Downtown Marriott, 859 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Participants dance the night away to raise money for Bridge House/Grace House. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. To purchase a ticket, please visit bridgehouse.org/support-us/events/rockin-with-the-nola-stars/ or call (504) 821-7134.
- FROM THE BAYOU TO THE LOWCOUNTRY SOUTH CAROLINA BBQ BENEFIT: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St., New Orleans. $20 for a BBQ plate with sides and a drink made by two Hogs for the Cause teams.
- FOURTH ANNUAL BURGERS, BOURBON & BEER FUNDRAISER: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins, New Orleans. A fundraiser that satisfies the senses with a burger and bourbon tasting event featuring sliders from nine popular local restaurants paired with delicious specialty bourbon cocktails and Abita beers. VIP tickets are $75 in advance (4 p.m. entrance). General admission tickets are $45 in advance (4:30 p.m. entrance). VIP tickets and general admission tickets at the door will be $90 and $50. Tickets can be purchased online at no-hunger.org or in person at Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Ave., New Orleans.
- “NATURE WALK AND TITIVATION”: 1 p.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Smell the clean air and hear the birds rejoice as you visit swamps, ponds, bayous, hardwoods forests and pineland habitats.
- NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL: New Orleans. Check out regional premieres, local features and music videos. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. For more information, visit neworleansfilmfestival.org.
- 5 PRESS GALLERY: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 Press Gallery, 5 Press St., New Orleans. Brandan Odums brings common themes of his murals into a gallery context. In addition to painting, the exhibition will focus on artworks created on the spray cans used for his street art installations. The exhibit runs through November 7th.
- DAVID BORGERDING “RECENT SCULPTURE” EXHIBITION: 10 a.m. Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St., New Orleans. Runs through Oct. 31. See a collection of fabricated bonze sculptures that marry intricate planning and detail with a sense of spontaneity, lyricism, and freedom.
The Katrina Decade “Images of an Altered City”: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art, 400 Chartres St., New Orleans. The display presents 77 photographs of New Orleans’s ongoing recovery, taken by David G. Spielman, and runs through Jan. 9, 2016. hnoc.org
Exhibition “It’s Only Natural Flora and Fauna in Louisiana Decorative Arts”: THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through Nov. 28. Admission is free. Curator-led tours will take place at noon each Tuesday during the run of the exhibition.
- CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER “REVERB PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE”: 900 Camp St., New Orleans. This exhibition runs through Nov. 1 and features local artists exploring the evolution of art and artistic practices in New Orleans and its surrounding region over the last decade. Admission is $8-$10. (504) 528-3805 or cacno.org
- THE BOTANICAL GARDEN THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 5 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park, New Orleans. Concert series. Gates open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Parking is free.
- INSIDE ART INVISIBLE PING & ABSENCE AND PRESENCE: 10 a.m., Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400A Julia St. New Orleans. Runs through Oct. 31. See new paintings and collages by Brian Guidry and new drawings and paintings by Monica Zeringue.
- NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II,” will be shown through May 30, 2016, in the Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery. nationalww2museum.org
- NOCCA’S CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS SERVE BRUNCH: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Press Street Gardens, 7 Press St. between Dauphine & Burgundy, New Orleans. NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students serve brunch every Saturday.
- OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART: 925 Camp St., New Orleans. “Self-Taught, Outsider & Visionary Art from the Permanent Collection” runs through Nov. 7. (504) 539-9650 or ogdenmuseum.org
- THE PRESBYTERE: 751 Chartres St., New Orleans. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: Two Carnival Artists,” focuses on artists Helen Clark Warren and John Scheffler, both of whom lived and worked in New York. The exhibit runs through Dec. 4, 2016.
- PRESS STREET STATION: 5 p.m., Press Street Station, 5 Press St., New Orleans. Chef James Cullen and the staff of Press Street Station celebrate the arrival of fall with a delicious supper series. Each Thursday, guests will be invited to enjoy a supper with a different theme and signature dishes ranging from pork shank osso bucco to Chef James Cullen’s re-creation of Chef Austin Leslie’s famous fried chicken, to classic schnitzel and spaetzle.
RHINO presents “UPcycle — Reuse, Reconstruct, Reconfigure”: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Rhino Contemporary Craft Company, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. The exhibit will be on view through Nov. 22, with a reception at the gallery on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 24, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. A show of art from recycled objects. The show will feature pieces made by gallery artists in glass, metal, wood, fiber, clay and found objects.
- TUITION-FREE DANCE AND FITNESS CLASSES FOR TEENS, ADULTS AND SENIORS: 10 a.m., New Orleans Ballet Association, 935 Gravier St. #800, New Orleans. The NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance is offering tuition-free classes and workshops for teens and adults ages 14 and up at six NORDC Centers throughout the New Orleans area. For more information about NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance programming, call (504) 522-0996, ext. 203 or visit nobadance.com.
- WEEKI WACHEE MERMAIDS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. Through Oct. 18 and Oct. 22-25. On each of the eight days, mermaids will dance and dive beneath the surface of the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico habitat, which is home to three species of sharks, stingrays, and schools of fish. Guests also can meet a mermaid up-close and have photos taken next to the penguin habitat on the Aquarium’s second floor.
Compiled by Marchaund Jones